每日诗歌: 我的神我要敬拜你 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQCu-wSNiC4)
Joshua 16 [Read]
Joshua 17 [Read]
Joshua 18 [Read]
Luke 5:1-16 [Read]
Today’s NT reading is worth pondering. Jesus came to the Lake of Gennesaret to preach to the crowd, but his real purpose was probably to call Peter and his friends. After preaching, he directed them to go into the deep water and let down the net for a catch (5:4). Reluctantly, Peter did as he was asked. To the surprise of everyone, the net was fully loaded with fish (5:9). But more surprising was Peter’s reaction.
Peter saw and fell before Jesus (5:8). What did he see? The Chinese translation was correct, for there was no object. He simply saw. I believe Luke left it open on purpose to convey something in the spiritual level. Based on Peter’s response immediately following his action, we may say with confidence that he saw at least two things. First, by calling Jesus “Lord”, he saw God standing before him. Though demons had just revealed the identity of Jesus (4:41), Peter probably did not take it to his heart. But there was no doubt now. Second, he saw himself as a sinner who was not worthy the presence of the Lord of the universe. “Get away from me” was his reaction, and rightly so.
The well known theologian of the Reformation John Calvin opened his classic “Institute of the Christian Religion” with this statement: “Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. Without knowledge of God there is no knowledge of self”. A person is truly converted to Christianity only when he sees the essence of God and the sinful nature of himself. If Peter only saw God and not his own sins, he would probably count it a good day of catching. Next time, he might hope that Jesus would be around again when he fished. God became his servant. If Peter only saw his own sin and not God, he would stay being afraid and not knowing Jesus’s power of forgiving sins. God became a mean master. Neither way would allow him to catch men (5:10).
It’s the right time for us to examine our own faith. Do we treat God as a servant and only come to him for needs? Or do we treat God as a mean master and want him to be as far away from us as possible? If we answer both questions with a resounding NO, then it’s time to “left everything and followed him” (5:11).
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